Since the University of Winchester is a relatively new partner institution and we would like to expand our student mobility programme, I decided to visit Winchester through our teaching staff mobility programme.
Dr. Helen Clarke, head of the primary school teacher training programme, compiled a very interesting schedule for my visit. I was able to participate in various seminars and projects and had stimulating and informative discussions with teachers and students.
The soon-to-be graduates had final classes with several interesting guest lectures on a variety of topics. Particularly interesting:
- How to apply for a job? What is particularly important? What can I expect from the school?
- Bullying of gay/lesbian children or children from gay/lesbian families
Second year students were working on a project called “Respectful Educators” with a focus on art and languages and especially English as a second language. My presentation about Wien’s situation and PH Wien’s main areas of focus was received with great interest and eagerly discussed.
The visit of a local primary school was the highlight of my exchange. I had the chance to speak with the principal, the coordinator of the university and the parents’ representative about the tasks and the organisation of the teacher training programme and the school practice.
I was warmly welcomed and had numerous interesting talks about schools and teacher training in Austria and about PH Wien as a partner institution of Winchester University. The school assured me that our Erasmus+ students would be more than welcome to study in Winchester. It would be great if also students from Winchester came to study at PH Wien. Further staff mobility exchanges have been considered as well.
King Arthur – Art project at the University of Winchester